Sandan (?)

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Sandan (?)

Postby dlaccavole » 17 Oct 2009, 02:28

My grandfather (the only Italian in my ancestry) told everyone he was from a town in the area of Naples called Sandan. We all took him at his word. He passed away decades ago. Now, in searching my family roots, I find that there appears to be no such town.

Is there an area or town near Naples that he could have mispronounced (or we could have misheard ) that sounds like Sandan ??

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby liviomoreno » 17 Oct 2009, 06:23

The closest I could find is Sant'Antimo

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby Lucap » 17 Oct 2009, 08:19

Suona un po' come se fosse Sant'Anna, però potrebbe essere una frazione o un paesetto e non credo sia facile trovarlo.

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby wldspirit » 17 Oct 2009, 09:46

Have you placed him on a ship's manifest or any other US record which may list exact town of origin?
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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby dlaccavole » 18 Oct 2009, 04:11

Legend has it that the spelling of his name changed significantly, so I have not been able to find him on the Ellis Island website, by the way can someone translate Lucap's response ?

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby dlaccavole » 18 Oct 2009, 04:13

Looks like Sant'Anna is in Tuscany. One thing Gramps was adamant about was that he was a Neopolitan.

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby Squigy » 18 Oct 2009, 04:44

dlaccavole wrote:Looks like Sant'Anna is in Tuscany. One thing Gramps was adamant about was that he was a Neopolitan.


This has a list of towns in the Province of Naples: http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/index.html

Do any of these seem familiar?
My Italian surnames:

Caserta: Maietta, Rossano, Tessitore, Negro, Peluso, Musone

Campobasso: D'Andrea, Barile

Catanzaro: Fiorelli/Fiorillo, Romito

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby liviomoreno » 18 Oct 2009, 05:44

dlaccavole wrote:...by the way can someone translate Lucap's response ?
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[quote="Lucap]Suona un po' come se fosse Sant'Anna, però potrebbe essere una frazione o un paesetto e non credo sia facile trovarlo.

It sounds like Sant'Anna, but it could be a hamlet or a very small village and I don't believe it is easy to find it.[/quote]

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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby wldspirit » 18 Oct 2009, 10:03

What about draft registrations? 1917/18 and 1942?
Very often the town is listed, also naturalization records may have more precise information.
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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby PeterTimber » 18 Oct 2009, 21:44

The town is actually SAN DONATO, a "frazione" or suburb of the town of APICE, , Province of Benevento, and Ariano Irpino in the province of Avellino and Carinola in the province of Caserta.
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Re: Sandan (?)

Postby dlaccavole » 07 Nov 2009, 23:46

Thanks Peter...that actually seems the most probable answer. Thanks also to all who responded.


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